Endorsing applications and verifying supporting documents

Endorsing an application

All applications must be electronically endorsed by a countersignatory from the organisation that the applicant is employed by. Find out about becoming a countersignatory.

By endorsing an application you are confirming the identity of the applicant and that the information they have given in their application is correct.  We need assurances, as far as possible of the competence and good character of the applicant and their suitability for registration. As part of this process we now consider an applicant's health. Please see our guidance for endorsing an application and considering health information.

To help you endorse an application using our online registration system MySSSC, please watch this video:

When endorsing an application, you must provide certain information, for example:

  • the date the applicant began working for your organisation
  • the date that the applicant began working in their current role
  • the date and number of the last Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check that your organisation carried out for the applicant.

It is the employer’s responsibility to carry out a PVG check for all employees. We will only carry out a PVG check if the applicant is:

  • a social work student
  • self-employed
  • an unemployed social worker
  • an applicant whose employer has not run a PVG check
  • the owner of the organisation and there is no one senior to them, or if the applicant is not the owner but there is no one senior who is not a relative or friend.

In these circumstances, we must carry out a full £59 PVG check paid by the applicant.  We cannot accept PVG details carried out by the Care Inspectorate.

Read our guide on the do's and don'ts for endorsing applications to help make the process as simple as possible for you.

Verification supporting documents

When endorsing an application you will verify any supporting documents uploaded with the application, for example a copy of a qualification certificate.  By verifying the document you are confirming you have seen the original and the supporting document provided is a true copy.

If the applicant has not uploaded their documents to their application, you can upload these to the application by clicking on the ‘Upload a Scanned Document’ link within the countersignatory section of the application.

You may also be asked to verify documents during a registrant’s registration period or when they are due to renew their registration, for example verifying:

  • a copy of a qualification certificate to show they have met their condition of registration
  • a copy of a marriage certificate, birth certificate or deed poll certificate if they wish to change their name on our Register.

All verified documents can be uploaded through the employers section of MySSSC.